Margot Robbie Will Play Tonya Harding In Upcoming Biopic, I, Tonya

Hollywood blonde Margot Robbie has been cast in an upcoming biopic about my favorite figure skater of all time, Tonya Harding. Written by Steve Rogers, the man responsible for both Hope Floats and Stepmom(!!!), it’s called I, Tonya(!!!!) and will surely be something I see with great pleasure in theatres, multiple times.

Margot Robbie is white and blonde. Tonya Harding is also white and blonde. Personally, that is where the similarities end in my book, but someone saw somethign in Robbie, I guess, and decided she should play Tonya Harding, and here we are. Maybe Robbie can dig deep! Maybe there’s pathos within that we haven’t seen yet. Or, maybe she’s the new Hollywood hotness and of course she was cast, because that’s how this shit works, don’t you get it!?!

Anyway, here’s what Entertainment Weekly says for background on why this is even being made in the first place:

Harding was one of the most vilified athletes in American sports history. She rose to prominence at 21 years old, winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and nabbing second in the World Championships. She was pegged as a favorite for the 1994 Winter Olympics.

A month before the Games, fellow American skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Harding’s ex-husband and one of her bodyguards hired someone to break Kerrigan’s legs ahead of the competition. The resulting attack caused a bruised leg and forced Kerrigan to withdraw from the competition, which Harding won.

The Harding casting is already set, though Kirsten Dunst could’ve been a contender — she’s got a little bit of that scrap that Tonya needs. Let’s talk, very briefly, about Nancy. I,Tonya is about, well, Tonya, but lest you forget, America’s villain needs a worthy ingenue. May I humbly suggest Anne Hathaway? She’d be fucking perfect. Like, really. Perfect.



If you haven’t already, please avail yourself of the excellent ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, The Price of Gold.